Improve Tuolumne Grove Trailhead & Access Area - 2014

Yosemite Conservancy helps improve the entrance to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

The Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, Yosemite’s second largest sequoia grove, is visited by more than 80,000 visitors each year. Over the years, the grove’s trailhead deteriorated as a result of heavy use and countless cars and tour buses stopping there before heading through the Tioga Road gate.

Conservancy donors funded a project to make improvements this popular trailhead, with the goal of reducing impacts on surrounding natural resources while providing a better sense of transition for visitors embarking on their journey into the grove. In addition to redesigning the parking area for better traffic flow and safety, the project unified the parking and trailhead area, increased accessibility, added bathrooms and a picnic area, and installed orientation and way-finding panels. This project was completed in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, which funded the paving of the parking area.

With your support, visitors can now enjoy a safe, welcoming entrance to the Tuolumne Grove trailhead as they set off to wander among the majestic giant sequoias.

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Project Notes

We are excited to partner with the Federal Highway Administration and Yosemite Conservancy to ensure Tuolumne Grove will receive much needed rehabilitation. Visitors will enjoy better facilities, including new pathways and picnic areas, and the grove will be better protected as a result of this work.

Michael Pieper
Project Manager
Yosemite National Park